More than 60% of U.S. Seniors Desire Independent Living at Home with Ease and Convenience

IBM, AARP, and Parks Associates to discuss aging-in-place and independent living innovations during special session at Connected Health Summit

Dallas, Texas, July 27, 2017 - Parks Associates today announced new digital health research showing that U.S. consumers 65 and older living in a broadband household overwhelmingly want a healthy, financially independent, convenient, and efficient retirement life. The research firm will host the fourth-annual Connected Health Summit: Engaging Consumers, August 29-31 at the Omni Hotel San Diego, where analysts and industry leaders will discuss strategies to design and sell IoT and smart home solutions that will deliver remote health monitoring solutions, independent living technologies and services, and innovative convenience care models for this aging-in-place population.

"Our greying generation is embracing aging and retirement with high expectations, and home is their preferred place to enjoy this aging journey," said Harry Wang, Senior Director of Research, Parks Associates. "Translating this expectation into affordable, smart, and healthy home living experiences requires collaborations from multiple industry sectors that include healthcare, insurance, and smart home."

Consumer research, to be published in 360 View: Empowering Healthcare Consumers, finds almost three in four seniors 65 and older rank financial independence as their most important aspect of their retirement life. Seventy percent want a healthy life with minimum impact from illness/disease, and nearly 60% desire an easy and convenient life at home that maximizes their life efficiency.

At Connected Health Summit: Engaging Consumers, Sam Adams, IBM Distinguished Engineer, Master Inventor, Technical Lead for Global Aging Initiative, IBM, and Sanjay Khurana, VP, Caregiving, AARP Service Inc., will join Wang during the fireside chat session "Consumer Aging Journey and Business Opportunities" to discuss the needs of seniors and boomers and smart home innovations that could align with their healthcare needs.

Wang will also moderate the session "Virtual Care: Innovations Driving Patient Usage" at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, August 30. In this panel, leading virtual care solution and service providers discuss their growth strategies and how the industry can continue to expand. Session speakers include:
• Andrew Altorfer, CEO, CirrusMD
• Autumn Braswell, COO, Global Solutions, Marketing, LinQ, iQor
• Chuck Hector, Chief Sales Officer, MDLIVE, Inc.
• Kevin L. Smith, DNP, FNP, FAANP, Chief Clinical Officer, Zipnosis
• Ian Tong, Chief Medical Officer, Doctor On Demand

Brad Russell, Research Analyst, Parks Associates, will moderate the session "The Business Case for Patient Data: Optimizing Healthcare Experiences" at 1:15 p.m. the same day. This panel examines the best practices in optimizing patient experience at different care touchpoints and the power of data in such practices. The session includes the following speakers:
• Chris Edwards, Chief Marketing & Experience Officer, Conversa Health
• Veena Goel, MD, Medical Director, Digital Patient Experience, Sutter Health

Registration is open for the Connected Health Summit, and media are invited to attend. For more information, visit To schedule an interview with an analyst or to request specific research data, please contact Julia Homier at, 972-996-0214.

About Connected Health Summit: Engaging Consumers
Connected Health Summit: Engaging Consumers analyzes the role of innovative connected health solutions in driving changes in consumer behaviors as well as healthcare systems, insurers, and hospital networks. The event focuses on four areas of consumer health, which require active consumer participation to be successful: remote health monitoring for accountable care, consumer-centric wellness and fitness solutions, independent living technologies and services, and innovative convenience care models. Follow the event on Twitter at @CONN_Health_Smt.

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